Installing a low-flow-toilet in your home can save water and your bottom line. According to the EPA, toilets are the main source of water use in your home, accounting for almost 30 percent of your indoor water use. Newer, low-flow toilets use 1.28 gallons of water per flush. Compare that to the whopping six gallons per flush with an older toilet, and it is easy to see why installing a low-flow toilet can add up to big savings in your home.
What Is a Low-Flow Toilet?
Low-flow toilets use gravity or air pressure to flush waste away. A combination of improved materials and new technology allows these toilets to remove waste using far less water than older, gravity-only toilets. Using materials that are smoother and design features that increase pressure inside the toilet while keeping the necessary water to a small amount, these toilets are able to do the job and save water.
Why Install Low-Flow Toilets?
There are many benefits to installing new, efficient toilets in your home. Here are the three most important reasons:
The EPA estimates we could save we could save 520 billion gallons of water per year in the U.S. alone simply by replacing all toilets with low-flow models. Wondering how much water that really is? The EPA’s WaterSense program says that’s about the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in 12 days.
According to the EPA, the average household can save up to $100 a year simply by replacing one old toilet with a newer, low-flow option. If you install a dual-flush toilet, your savings could be even more.
Saving Community Resources
Every gallon of water you save, is one less gallon of water that needs to be treated by your local water treatment plant. Lower water demand extends the life of these facilities and can save community resources. Many local municipalities offer rebates and incentives to homeowners who replace an old toilet with a low-flow version. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District consists of 15 counties, 95 cities and more than 100 water jurisdictions, including the city of Atlanta, and through their toilet rebate program, they offer a $100 rebate for every old toilet a homeowner replaces with a qualifying, WaterSense certified model.
Call a Plumber Today
If your toilets are older and inefficient, call a licensed plumber as soon as possible and begin saving water and money.
For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.